Apple's App Store has more than 1.5 million apps now, but the Play Store is still in the lead


During Apple's most recent keynote at WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook broke the news that App Store has topped a 100 billion app downloads for the 6 years it's been around. That's a lot of app downloads, isn't it?

Yet, there was no word on the total tally of apps available on the repository, but fortunately for all the curious souls out there, we might be able to shed some light on the matter. A quick visit to AppShopper, one of the more popular and reputable app directories for iOS apps, will reveal that there are currently more than 1.5 million items in the App Store. 1,507,779 at the time of writing, to be exact.

More than a million of these (1,010,928) are tailored for the iPhone, some 481,970 are iPad-exclusive, and roughly 545,000 are universal apps available for both device lineups. There are also 23,423 apps for the Mac. 

As a whole, AppShopper's statistic reveals that 2,316,413 apps have been approved ever since the App Store's inception. Why the higher number, though? It's simple, many apps have been withdrawn of the repository after they've been on the shelves for a while, hence the different tally.

Meanwhile, if one of the most trust-worthy directories for Android apps (AppBrain) is to be believed, Google's Play Store is home to 1,609,064 apps (last updated on July 16, 2015). It is estimated that 13% of them are of the low-quality type, deeming them of little to no use to users.

One thing is certain though, the multifaceted war between Apple and Google certainly spans to their respective app stores, and while it's easy to pinpoint a winner judging by numbers alone, the quality-quantity ratio should also be considered.

Thanks for the tip, Dawid!

source: AppBrain, AppShopper via (translated)

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